Why do coal corporations get away with destroying cultural heritage?
Right now, mining corporations are able to destroy sacred sites without permission from Traditional Owners. This is a national problem, with multiple instances occurring in recent years, including Rio Tinto’s appalling destruction of 46, 000 year old heritage site at Juukan Gorge in WA.
The devastating destruction of First Nations cultural heritage comes as a result of weak state and federal Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title Acts that fail to give traditional owners a right to appeal and are carefully crafted to favour development interests. Find out more info here.